.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Local News

  • Grayson schools receipts missing

    INDEPENDENCE — An audit of Grayson County Public Schools’ 2012-13 school year activity fund revealed that several purchases lacked receipts, according to a report to the Grayson County School Board at its June 9 meeting.

  • Mayor Crowder Enters Plea To Disorderly Conduct

    BRISTOL – Hillsville Mayor Greg Crowder entered an Alford plea to an amended charge of disorderly conduct before the Bristol Circuit Court on Friday, and has received a four-day jail sentence, according to a news release.
    Crowder was originally charged with impersonating an ABC agent, and was found guilty by the Bristol General District Court and sentenced to 90 days in jail with 60 days suspended and a $500 fine.

  • Police say man lead them on chase after fleeing traffic stop

    Blue Ridge Parkway police and local law enforcement worked together to halt a driver who fled from a park ranger after a traffic stop on June 13, according to police reports.

    Zachary Montgomery, 22, of Laurel Fork was operating a Black Honda Civic at 7:16 p.m. last Friday, when he was stopped by an officer employed by the National Park Service (NPS).

    According to a statement from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, whose department assisted during the incident, Montgomery then fled the scene with the ranger in pursuit.

  • N.C. men charged in US Cellular burglary

    Two North Carolina men have been arrested in Guilford County, N.C., and are charged in connection with a burglary and larceny at the US Cellular Store located in the Walmart shopping center in Galax.

    According to a police report, Galax Officer Anne Toney responded to a burglar alarm at the store on April 3 and discovered that the business had been broken into. The owners reported that cell phones valued at more than $10,000 had been taken.

  • Five arrested in Galax on drug charges

    Two men were arrested on June 15 and charged with conspiracy to sell or distribute drugs.

    According to a police report, Justin Grant Turner, 33, of Sparta, N.C., and Terrence Stevenson, 37, of Galax were arrested by Sgt. Shawny Jones in the Walmart shopping center parking lot.

    Turner was charged with driving after his operator’s license had been suspended and conspiracy to violate the Drug Control Act to sell or distribute marijuana. Stevenson was charged with conspiracy to violate the Drug Control Act to sell or distribute marijuana.

  • Grayson needs last-minute budget fix

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County will have to make some adjustments to its proposed 2015 budget, following the long-awaited passage of Virginia’s state budget by the General Assembly last week.

    The Grayson County Board of Supervisors and county staff have been working diligently for months on a proposed 2015 county budget, but had to estimate how much funding the state would provide.

  • Assembly passes budget without Medicaid expansion

    RICHMOND — Averting a potential government shutdown with less than three weeks to spare, the General Assembly passed an austere two-year budget June 12 after hours of behind-the-scenes wrangling over the thorny issue of Medicaid expansion.

    The spending plan does not include a provision aimed at expanding the federal/state health insurance program for low-income people, a cornerstone of the federal health care overhaul that was left as an option to the states.

  • Motorcycle crash results in injury, fatality

    Virginia State Police responded to the scene of a motorcycle accident that resulted in one injury and the fatality of a 60-year old Max Meadows man on Wednesday.

  • Hospital’s new CT scanner helps docs and patients

    Twin County Regional Hospital recently held an open house for its new 64-slice CT scanner.

    The device, the software needed to run it and the CT suite renovation was a $1 million investment that will help doctors diagnose problems with greater precision and less hassle for patients.

    The scanner, an Optima CT660 system, is made by GE.

    On hand to discuss the new scanner were TCRH Director of Diagnostic Imaging David Payne and radiologist Dr. J. Bolen.

  • Hospital develops strategy to make region healthier

    A community health needs assessment of the Twin Counties and Galax has found nine core problems that need to be addressed in the area.

    The problems including obesity, diabetes, chronic diseases (heart disease, pulmonary, high blood pressure, cancer), economic issues, substance abuse and mental health issues, lifestyle behavior and education, access and aging, family/responsibility and teen pregnancy, and smoking/tobacco use.

    The findings were discussed June 5 during the quarterly Community Advisory Group meeting at Twin County Regional Hospital.